State Policy

Federal court orders NC lawmakers to release records related to 'monster' election law   |   March 28, 2014
Civil rights groups suing North Carolina over its voter suppression law scored a victory in federal court this week with a ruling that state lawmakers must release some e-mails...

 

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies   |   February 3, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For a speech that was supposed to focus on the plight of low-wage workers, President Obama's State of the Union contained a surprising...

 

The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion   |   January 30, 2014
A study published today in the journal Health Affairs calculates the impacts of states' refusal to expand Medicaid to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing injustice of racial inequality in health care   |   January 17, 2014
Year in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane": 1966 Percent of...

 

Moral Monday movement spreads through the South   |   January 10, 2014
After drawing thousands of protesters to the state legislature and inspiring the arrests of more than 900 people for nonviolent civil disobedience, North Carolina's Moral...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight for North Carolina's future continues   |   January 3, 2014
Amount multimillionaire conservative donor Art Pope, his immediate family, and his company, Variety Wholesalers, contributed to North Carolina state politics in the 2010 election...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A call for racial justice in energy policy   |   December 20, 2013
Date on which the NAACP released a report looking at state energy policy from a racial justice angle: 12/17/2013 Of the three states* the report found to have the best energy...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid   |   December 17, 2013
At a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought...

 

NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email   |   December 16, 2013
A delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to...

 

Judicial Watch joins legal fray to defend restrictive NC voting law   |   December 13, 2013
A conservative group that has previously sued states to get them to purge their voting rolls has joined in the legal fight over North Carolina's restrictive new voting law,...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

Southern states stand to lose out on billions of dollars by blocking Medicaid expansion   |   December 10, 2013
The 20 states refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds -- but their...

 

Fighting for poor people's access to democracy in Louisiana   |   December 6, 2013
What is a state's proper role in expanding access to voter registration for its low-income citizens? That's the question at the heart of Scott v. Schedler, a Louisiana...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Trayvon Martin killing bankrupt ALEC?   |   December 6, 2013
Number of companies that quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after the 2011 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose assailant defended himself under...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

The war on women voting in North Carolina   |   November 8, 2013
It is well-documented that the heaviest burdens under strict photo voter ID laws fall on African Americans, Latino Americans and those of low income. Large numbers of people in...

 

Through song, Mississippi Delta teens speak out on the Affordable Care Act   |   November 7, 2013
The national debate over the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," rages on, but whose voices are being heard? Not those of black teenagers in the Mississippi Delta...

 

Youth voting rights activists monitoring NC polls this Election Day   |   November 5, 2013
Today is Election Day in communities across the United States -- in some cases the first since states made big changes to voting laws following the U.S. Supreme Court's June...

 

Everything that's happened since Supreme Court ruled on Voting Rights Act   |   November 5, 2013
By Kara Brandeisky and Mike Tiga, ProPublica Last year, we wrote extensively about photo ID laws and the Supreme Court's decision to strike a key section of the Voting Rights...

 

The Affordable Care Act's most important date: not what you think   |   October 30, 2013
By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Many people have asked when we’ll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure. Was it Oct. 1, the date of the federal health...

 

NC Moral Monday activists call on governor to convene special legislative session   |   October 28, 2013
Moral Monday activists in North Carolina are inviting the public to sign a letter asking Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to convene a "Special Redemption Session" of the...

 

Don Yelton not so out of step with GOP on NC voter ID law   |   October 25, 2013
By now you probably have heard about the reckless, racially insensitive comments Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of Buncombe County, N.C. made this week on The Daily...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC tries to patch frayed social safety net with turnip greens   |   October 25, 2013
Pounds of turnip greens North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) this week announced were being harvested at the state prison farm and delivered to food banks around the state to ease...